The Boston Celtics went on a 7-2 run in Game 6's last two minutes to come away with a 83-80 win over the Atlanta Hawks and advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Boston won the series 4-2.
The Hawks were the beneficiaries of some weird officiating and bad luck in the game's final seconds. Marquis Daniels fouled Al Horford on an out-of-bounds play -- which should've led to free throws and the ball -- but for some reason, no FT's were shot. Horford ended up wide open again on a sideline out-of-bounds, forcing Daniels to foul him again, but he missed the front end and the Hawks didn't have enough time to get the lead back.
It was unfortunate to see Horford miss as his sharp play on both ends kept the Hawks involved late in the game. Marvin Williams' shooting was also key -- the Atlanta guard drilled four-of-five threes to finish with 16 points.
Kevin Garnett had a throwback game with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Ray Allen oddly couldn't get his shot to fall, going 1-for-7 from three and even missing a crucial free throw late, but the C's were able to get production from Garnett and Paul Pierce, who had 18.
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seconded RT @peachtreehoops: kjdflkdjafsdjfjoeisolkadjfl!!!— celticsblog (@celticsblog) May 11, 2012
Also, and I mean this with all sincerity Paul Pierce is the worst and I look forward to booing KG at his Hall of Fame. #playoffhate— Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) May 11, 2012